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Men who died in Mangum plane crash loved flying

Friends and family of two of the three people killed in a plane crash Saturday in Mangum said the men were doing what they loved when they died — flying.
BY LEIGHANNE MANWARREN and BRYAN DEAN Modified: January 21, 2013 at 8:16 pm •  Published: January 21, 2013
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Photo by Casey Paxton, Mangum Star News

‘Kind and giving'

Scott was known in his hometown as a “kind and giving fellow,” family friend John Hobbs said.

“He was so giving with his time; there are so many people in our community that Stephen had helped every day, every month, every year,” Hobbs said. “When you get to be Stephen's age, everybody knows you're the guy to help.”

Scott was active at First United Methodist Church in Mangum. He was a member of the Mangum Chamber of Commerce, past-president of the Mangum High School Alumni Association and active with water conservation efforts in southwest Oklahoma, among other things, Hobbs said.

“Stephen was an extremely soft-spoken man, but he led by example, and people say they were truly inspired by him,” he said.

Scott learned to fly while he attended Oklahoma State University. He loved to fly and was obsessed with safety, Hobbs said.

“That's why it was so shocking that Steve Scott would perish in a plane accident,” Hobbs said. “You know they say the good die young, but the Lord took a great man.”

Hobbs said Scott's family is horrified that the crash not only killed Scott but two other men.

“Their hearts go out to those other families. It was a truly great loss for them as well,” he said.

Attempts to reach Ortega's family by telephone Monday were unsuccessful.

Funeral information

Scott's funeral will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at First United Methodist Church in Mangum. Memorial donations can be made to the church, the Mangum High School Alumni Association or the Mangum Education Foundation.

Hall's family will hold visitation from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Lowell-Tims Funeral Home, and his funeral will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday in Lowell-Tims Chapel in Altus. has disabled the comments for this article.


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